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Calgary Events

15 Things to do in Calgary in July

By KYLEE PEDERSEN

 

EAST VILLAGE JUNCTION POP-UP RETAIL PARK

Open each weekend during the summer, this innovative shipping container, shopping, and event hub offers lots to love, from retail therapy, workshops, music, and art to food trucks. 

SPRUCE MEADOWS NORTH AMERICAN

From July 4-8, show-jumping heavyweights from across the Americas will face-off at the third marquee tournament of the world-class Spruce Meadows summer series.

BELL LIVE SERIES AT THE KING EDDY

Photo courtesy Sebastian Buzzalino.

If the Calgary Stampede is a beloved tradition, tack on one of the concerts at the historic and newly re-opened King Eddy, which kicks into gear during Stampede from July 6-15 as a pop-up country bar.

TRADITIONAL STORYTELLING AT THE STAMPEDE INDIAN VILLAGE

Admission to Stampede gets you access to this special event, occurring once daily on July 8, 9, 11, 14 and 15.

ROUNDUP MUSIC FEST

Hey soul sister, on July 11 grab a friend and catch this year’s headliner, Grammy award-winning Train, perform alongside fellow rock acts Goo Goo Dolls, The Wallflowers and The Grapes of Wrath.

THE DEAD SOUTH

On July 12 you’ll be in good company when this Canadian folk-bluegrass ensemble comes to town.

INGLEWOOD NIGHT MARKET

This modern day market will be in Inglewood on July 13, hosting over 50 local vendors selling everything from handmade items to vintage clothing, antiques, collectibles and more.

LES MISERABLES

From July 17-22 this award-winning Broadway musical will be performed.

Photo courtesy Matthew Murphy.

OUT FOR LUNCH TOUR: ALEX JANVIER

On July 18 explore 65 years of art over the course of your lunch hour.

RIBFEST

Where the city’s best ribs, barbecue chicken and pulled pork will be cooked, smoked and served up from July 20-22. 

CALGARY STAMPEDERS

Go cheer on the Stamps on July 21 as they face off against the Montreal Alouettes.

CALGARY FOLK FESTIVAL

Catch 71 artists from 13 different countries perform from July 26-29. Headliners include A Tribe Called Red, Bahamas, The Barr Brothers and Lee Ann Womack.

JIM JEFFRIES 

Known for his distinct brand of unapologetic comedy and candor Jeffries will be in Calgary on July 27 with The Night Talker Tour.  

CALGARY ARAB FESTIVAL

This event from July 28-29 will share the richness of Arabian culture through folk dance, traditional music, food, art and more.

PET-A-PALOOZA

Bulldogs race, puppies stampede and our furry friends do some diving at the west coast’s biggest pet festival from July 28-29.

 

Panda-monium: Meet the Calgary Zoo’s Newest Residents

By RACHAEL FREY 

Photo by Silvia Pikal.

What’s black and white and cute all over? The Calgary Zoo’s four new residents, of course! The giant panda breeding pair Da Mao and Er Shun have arrived at the Zoo with their two little bundles of joy, twin cubs Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue. (more…)

15 things to do in Calgary in April

By RACHAEL FREY

Glory 

Photo by Erin Wallace, courtesy Alberta Theatre Projects.

If you think hockey and dance don’t go together, give this uplifting story a chance to change your mind. Told through music and dance inspired by the jazz age, it’s the story of four friends in the Depression era who set out to prove hockey isn’t just for men. Catch it playing from April 3 – 21. (more…)

Frida Kahlo’s life in photos and other can’t-miss exhibits

BY SILVIA PIKAL

FRIDA KAHLO’S LIFE IN PHOTOS

Frida Kahlo painting the portrait of her father, by Gisèle Freund/1951 ©Frida Kahlo Museum.

Famous for her vivid, imaginative and often surreal portraits of herself, Frida Kahlo explored gender, class, race and identity in her work. Now, until May 21 in a new exhibit at Glenbow, Calgarians have the chance to see another side of the famous Mexican painter. (more…)

15 things to do in Calgary in March

By RACHAEL FREY

Paw Patrol Live

Photo illustration courtesy Nickelodeon.

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Hot Art Round-up: Mar 1 – 3

By HOT ART YYC

Art by Jonathan Forrest, courtesy of Newzones.

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15 things to do in Calgary in February

By SILVIA PIKAL and MICHAELA RITCHIE

Photo by Andrée Lanthier/Courtesy Theatre Calgary.

Twelfth Night at Max Bell Theatre 

Calgary’s own Old Trout Puppet Workshop offers a fresh take on Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy Twelfth Night through this innovative production filled with inventive props and costuming. Follow along the journey of the shipwreck that separates and strands twins Viola and Sebastian in the mysterious land of Illyria. Playing at the Max Bell Theatre from January 30 to February 24. (more…)

Art Round-Up: Feb 1 – Feb 4

By HOT ART YYC

Photo by Kipling West.

Thursday, February 1

FosterMAK presents: I SPY – an EXPOSURE FESTIVAL exhibition
Loft 112, 4 – 9 pm (more…)

Q+A: Backstage at the High Performance Rodeo with Kelly Reay

Kelly Reay is currently the festival producer for One Yellow Rabbit, but a decades-long career has seen him travel across many of Calgary’s renowned stages. (Photo courtesy of the High Performance Rodeo.)

By MICHAELA RITCHIE

Like so many performing artists before him, Kelly Reay, festival producer for One Yellow Rabbit, was obsessed with storytelling from a young age. He dreamt of following his passion right to Hollywood’s doorstep, and first began working in Calgary’s theatre scene in hopes that the experience would make a perfect stepping stone to the silver screen. But an unexpected lesson learned early on later made it impossible for him to leave the stage behind.

“There is a richness and a uniqueness in this medium that you can’t achieve in any other, in film or TV,” he says. “Theatre is very much a communal experience—you’re there with this group of strangers, collecting shared experiences, and that rawness is ultimately one of the big things that drew me to theatre and made me stay. That idea of how visceral seeing a live performance is, and sharing that specific performance, on that night, with whosoever is in the audience.” (more…)

7 things to do in Calgary this week: Jan 15 to 21

By SILVIA PIKAL

Photo by Jason Dziver.

TRY A NEW RESTAURANT 

Make a fun New Year’s resolution to try a new restaurant! Check out our Top 12 Where to Dine Awards winners, or one of Where Calgary’s Top 5 Steakhouses!

PAINT AND SIP

On January 16, come to Vin Gogh Paint and Sip’s studio for discounted Tuesdays. You will get a canvas, easel, paint, brushes, apron and a glass of wine (or beer, coffee or tea). An artist provides step-by-step guidance and in just two hours, you will complete your own “red skies” painting. Must be 18 years of age or older. (more…)

Art Show and Party Round-up: Jan 11-13

By HOT ART YYC

Art by Jonathan Forrest, courtesy of Newzones.

Thursday, January 11

Out for Lunch Tour: Eye of the Needle
Lunchtime is the best time for an art break at Glenbow museum and gallery. Curator Mary-Beth Laviolette provides a look at the diverse range of art and crafts in the “Eye of the Needle” exhibition.
Admission $5 / Free for Glenbow Members; tickets available at the door (more…)

6 trade shows coming up in Calgary

By MICHAELA RITCHIE and SILVIA PIKAL 

The Calgary Renovation Show will be running at the BMO Centre Jan. 12-14. (Photo by Stacey Brandford Photography.)

Wonders abound at the BMO Centre during this year’s trade show season—everything from shiny new toys for on-road and off (and even some for on the water), to home renovation and wedding inspiration! (more…)